Reprise Season to Feature They're Playing Our Song, Gigi and Kate

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Reprise Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Jason Alexander, has announced its 2010-11 season.

Jason Alexander
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The new season will feature productions of three American musicals: They're Playing Our Song, Gigi and Kiss Me, Kate.

Alexander will star in Neil Simon, Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch's They're Playing Our Song, which will run Sept. 28-Oct. 10 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Gigi, which will be seen Feb. 15-27, 2011, at the Freud, will be directed by David Lee. And, the classic Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, which features a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, will run May 10-22, 2011.

Additional casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date.

"There will be lots of love in the air for our 14th season," states Alexander, "but the atmosphere will also be filled with a lot of flying sparks. I am fascinated by the way people, especially men and women, jostle for power and position in any given relationship. They do it in professional circumstances and they often do it in love relationships, as well. In Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song, we follow the ups and downs of a songwriting team struggling for success under the pressure of their on again/off again love affair. And most interestingly, the musical's composer and lyricist, Marvin Hamlisch and Carol Bayer Sager, were the models for the couple in the show.

"Gigi explores the values and mores of love for a couple who socially do not belong together. They come from two different classes, and their behavior should subscribe to a strict code of conduct but is challenged by their true passion for each other. "And Kiss Me, Kate is a battle of the sexes reaching as far back as Shakespeare's time and magnified through the maniacal egos of two, gigantic theatrical stars vying for top billing, accolades and the upper hand in their own flamboyant relationship."

Season tickets are available online now at www.reprise.org or at the UCLA Central Ticket Office at (310) 825-2101.

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